Edward Lear, Albe (1844)


Edward Lear, Albe, 1844.

Black chalk, pencil, grey wash, heightened with white, on light buff paper. Signed and dated 1844 lower right, inscribed Albe lower left. 14 x 26 cm. (5 1/2 x 10 1/4 in), corners trimmed.

John Scandrett Harford (1787-1866); thence by descent to the present owner.

Edward Lear, Illustrated Excursions in Italy, 1846, plate 17

“Two afternoons I devoted to visiting Alba, the ancient Alba Fucinensia, which stands on a double hill, about two miles only from Magliano, though the walk thither across the plain, covered with stones, is as fatiguing as treble the distance on a decent road”. [op.cit., 1846, p. 70]


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